Interestingly – and perhaps appropriately – born on Flag Day, the Patriot-in-Chief, Donald J. Trump, celebrates his 72nd birthday to a bit of pomp and circumstance, though without the lavish, star-studded galas of the past.
Trump did not make a plan to hit the links or head to Mar-A-Lago, or even take a moment to reflect and receive the accolades of family and friends. He quietly kept his nose to the grindstone, working for the ultimate boss: the people of this nation.
June 14 also marks the 243rd birthday of the U.S. Army. They, along with all branches of service and the families who support our men and women in uniform, were top of the list in remarks in the official proclamation penned and signed by Trump:
“Our flag symbolizes our solemn pride and eternal gratitude to our service members, who willingly raise their hand in front of our Nation’s colors and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. Our flag also serves as a final acknowledgement of our country’s gratitude to the families of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country.”
Birthdays Past – YUUGE
In the gilded age of Trump, before he answered the call of the silent majority, birthdays were planned for the society pages. When the billionaire next door turned 42, he decked out his Castle Hotel in Atlantic City with a 15-foot rocket ship that launched from the stage that featured lasers, video cards from Liza Minelli, Dennis Miller, Joe Piscapo, and Billy Crystal. There was even a hired dance troupe performing to Michael Jackson’s Bad – with the lyrics changed to reflect Trump’s success in real estate.
For his 50th birthday, then-wife Marla designed the event around the almighty dollar and her husband’s command of it. Those in the know remember that the grand finale involved playing the theme to Superman during the presentation of a cake created in the image of Trump – dressed as the man of steel himself, but with the dollar sign on his chest rather than the symbol of House El – standing tall over the buildings of Manhattan. To top it off, Eartha Kitt was on hand to croon, Happy Birthday to the mogul.
Fast forward to 2017 and Trump’s first birthday as the president. It was also the day shots rang out at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park where Republican Congressional baseball team players held a practice before their annual bi-partisan ballgame for charity. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically wounded alongside Crystal Griner, the Capital Police officer assigned to protect Scalise; Zack Barth, a congressional aide; and Matt Mika, a lobbyist.
The President cancelled the remaining official events of the day and delivered an emotional televised speech, expressing sympathy for the victims, after a subdued dinner with family.
But we should not feel sad for The Donald on this day. He is nominated for the Nobel Peace Price for arranging the historic summit with North Korea, and in hopefully, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Slap a gold bow on that, my friends.
Perhaps an aging, although obviously still full of vim and vigor, Donald Trump has left his flamboyant style of celebration in a decade that came and went many years ago. Now he focuses on helping to bring this country back from the lost years, restoring respect around the globe, and elevating all of the nation’s people so that they can have the opportunity for their own American Dreams.